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NEPRA hints at suspending KE license over Karachi power outages

Reporting | - Posted: Jul 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
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Posted: Jul 23, 2020 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
NEPRA hints at suspending KE license over Karachi power outages

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The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has hinted at suspending K-Electric’s license and imposing a heavy fine on the power utility over prolonged power cuts in Karachi.

The regulator issued on Thursday a show-cause notice to the sole power distribution company in Karachi.

It said neither the KE kept required quantity of furnace oil for the Bin Qasim Power Plant-I, nor it had its system serviced despite approval for Rs25 billion increase in the power tariff.

The power utility got the permission to charge consumers Rs84 billion in order to complete 900MW Bin Qasim Power Plant-III, according to the NEPRA. But the project which was to be completed in December 2019 is still nowhere close to its completion.

The KE failed to sign an agreement with the Sui Southern Gas Company regarding the purchase of gas, it said. Neither the power utility sent the Pakistan State Oil its demand for furnace oil, nor did it run several other power plants on alternative fuel.

The NEPRA identified overloading at 39 power transformers as the reason behind unannounced load-shedding in Karachi.

The power regulator has sought a reply from the KE within 15 days.

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7 Comments

  1. Sohail  July 24, 2020 1:26 am/ Reply

    Why still central government not taking severely action against K Electric and hang all of it’s management for failure to supply power to Karachi and against it wrong billings , heavy untimed load shedding resulted bad life of Karachi citizens as well as business production is getting worse and worst. Already Covid 19 spoiled business towards under the soil. Masha Allah NEPRA accepted increase in billing and gave free hand to KE.
    PM SAHAB’s eyes will OPEN WHEN, Govermnet must restore Karachi Electric Supply Corporation old position and keep honest staff from every area wise so they should be accountable to their area public.
    All KE staff not actually belongs to Karachi which is a question mark why Karachi’s property is in hands of strangers and why this strategically important asset sold to a foreign country of Gulf who sold all copper wire more than 22 billion PKR and CEO is in Manchester enjoying life.
    THIS IS REALLY A RIASAT E MADINA OF IMRAN KHAN

  2. Capt. Fattah  July 24, 2020 10:46 am/ Reply

    With all these Mafias, and justice delayed justice…., KE is a real culprit. I hv been a victim of over billing n much more in many properties belonging to my friends n relatives. The earlier KE monopoly is ended the better.

  3. Capt. Fattah  July 24, 2020 10:52 am/ Reply

    With all these Mafias around, the earlier KE monopoly is ended the be better. Myself n many others will vouch the high handedness of KE on balatant6’ies on load shedding besides over billing n late surcharge fee inspite bill paid on time n don’t be shocked, KE is charging 100 % per annum PROFIT on bills paid after due date.

  4. Zeeshan  July 24, 2020 1:00 pm/ Reply

    Givernment should introduce some thier competitors. Be it any chinese company. Plus reduced taxes on alternate power generation mediums.

  5. Aamir  July 24, 2020 2:21 pm/ Reply

    WOW heavy fine on KE. What about consumer ? I think free units should be allowed to every one according to last month consumption. Further, what about Fuel Adjustment Charges the oil prices decreased drastically since last three months.

  6. Citizen  July 24, 2020 6:33 pm/ Reply

    Who will supply electricity. The provincial government does not care except hiding their wealth.

  7. Nisar Ahmed  July 25, 2020 5:02 pm/ Reply

    KE management belongs to non technical and removed mostly senior and middle management under hirrasement policey and running through contractor who provide untrained and non technical staff and due to herrasement policey no one can say any thing and as they are low paid workers and so their efficency is accordingly . Moreover there is no technical thinking on distribution side removed all copper from the system by Aluminium of inferior quality without maintainig and improving technical aspects of removing copper and that is because wire broken are at highest with highest casuality as the aluminum conductor do bear the load so being low cost material the company save money and make profit and they have no concern of public as shown in their activities for the last fifteen years. I am also surprised that human had reached at moon but ke is using old technologies any one can see pulling material of wire where as wapada is using latest technologies and wire broken are rear there. In the last i would to say that ke is mafia and their moto is to earn money by hook and crock by charging extera money in terms of generation transmission and distribution but the system is collapes and need huge overhaulling which the company can not do at large as they have converted the company to comercial from utility and do not expect they will invest as they are already defaulters of pso sui gas wapda and other genersti g companies now they are trying to escape by sellig to others. I am of the openion that goverment should takeover it before it is too late .
    Thanks
    Nisar Ahmed

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